Proud ‘sis­ters’ bring home tag gold

Central Leader - - SPORT -

They’ve fi­nally done it.

The Wes­ley Intermediate School girls tag team took Auck­land champs by storm in April when they dom­i­nated the 120-stu­dent com­pe­ti­tion and came home with gold for the first time.

They are now fundrais­ing to get to NZCT AIMS Games, ef­fec­tively the na­tional champs, which will also be a first for the Mt Roskill school.

Coach Trevor Ball says the team has gone from strength to strength.

They have won back-toback cen­tral zone champs in the past two years and de­served to go on and win the Auck­land com­pe­ti­tion, he says.

‘‘We had been work­ing so hard for so long. To go down and win it was such an out­stand­ing feat.

‘‘They are such a neat bunch of kids. They should be so proud of them­selves.’’

The school has al­ways had the talent but has strug­gled with fund­ing in the past to get to top com­pe­ti­tions.

Com­pet­ing in the AIMS com­pe­ti­tion would be a huge step, he says.

It will cost about $6000 but the ex­pe­ri­ence would be worth it for the team, he says.

‘‘It’s been frus­trat­ing over the years, we have the talent but there’s no money to get there. It would be awe­some for the girls.’’

Cap­tain Sum­mer Kapsin says the win ce­mented the team’s hard work for the past two years.

‘‘It’s about to­gether.

‘‘We’re all sis­ters and we can’t do it by our­selves.

‘‘Hu­mil­ity and in­tegrity is our team motto. We’re so proud. We were re­ally happy we won but we stayed hum­ble.’’

Team­work is the most im­por­tant part of the group, player An­gel Potoi says. ‘‘We pick each other up. ‘‘It’s about at­ti­tude. Even when we’re fac­ing bad sports­man­ship, we ig­nore it and give our school a good name.

‘‘We al­ways re­spect the op­po­si­tion.’’

Prin­ci­pal Nigel Davis says the team has made the small school proud.

The group of girls also played to­gether in the cen­tral zone soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion and won it this year, he says.

‘‘It’s just an amaz­ing re­sult.

‘‘It has helped to lift the whole spirit of the school, es­pe­cially when you are such a small school.’’

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Top team: Wes­ley Intermediate tag team cap­tain Sum­mer Kapsin with team-mates, back, Zan­neja Ni­coll, Falaviena Fau’ese, An­gel Potoi, Vineta Teu­tau, Jas­mine Onevai, Akanesi Vea, Ce­riah Isaia, and front, Te­ri­ann Ngata, Gin­nye Shelford, Karla Akeli, Lovely Pu­lotu, Jochebed Fareni, Cheyanne Takau, Al­i­sis Poe-Vi­vani.

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